What I Do in the Middle of the Night

I was chatting with friends a few weeks (months? years? I can't remember) ago about something that happened to one of them.

One friend said she got up in the middle of the night -- who knows why -- potty-training toddler had to pee, preschooler had a nightmare, teenager getting home from a late night (dear God, the thought of that scares me).

Anyway, she got up in the middle of the night, and since she couldn't fall back to sleep, and it was obviously the middle of the night, so not much could be done, this is what she did: she started cleaning her house.

Like, went over to the toy room, and started organizing and cleaning up toys, went into the kitchen and did some dishes, went to the dining room and swept up the crumbs from dinner. Just to do that in the middle of the night. Just to settle her mind, to take a minute to improve what she thought needed improving. Just because that's what she does when she wakes up in the middle of the night. That's just what she does.

So that made me think. What do I do in the middle of the night?

Me? What do I do, you ask?

I go on Twitter. I write a blog post. I surf through Instagram and like to see what all the Aussies in my feed are doing because it's usually the middle of the day for them. I network. I answer emails. I get sucked into the middle of the night time warp and network.

I'm weird, I get it. Just like my friend is weird. Who cleans and organizes in the middle of the night?!

But then I thought about it some more -- and I know, I know, we all think the other one is weird -- but really, what is it that you do in the middle of the night?

what do you do in the middle of the night

You're woken up by God-knows-what, and what is it that you would do if you couldn't go back to sleep?

Would you clean and organize? Would you wash the dishes from the night before? Would you watch a TV show? Would you read a novel? Would you go on Facebook, the Time Sucker of All Time Suckers? Would you cuddle your husband? Would you go take a bath?

What is it that you do in the middle of the night?

I think a little bit of whatever it is you admit to doing has a lot to say about your personality.

Cleaner? You like things neat and clean and pretty.

Networker? You're a social butterfly.

TV show watcher? You need a good bit of zone-out time.

Reader? You need some zone out time with a good book and a flashlight.

Cuddl-er? Your husband is a happy, happy man.

It says something, I betcha. It says something.

So, tell me, I really want to know:

What is it that you do in the middle of the night?

In between tweeting, reading books to my daughters, and [not] burning mac n cheese, I am the Founder + Creative Director of Blessed is She women's ministry + community.